From Freddie Mac

Freddie Mac (OTCQB: FMCC) released a list of the Top 20 most rent-burdened metropolitan statistical areas pdf (MSAs) in the United States. The analysis, which aggregates data from four of the most widely cited affordability studies of the Top 50 largest metros, finds Miami and San Diego are the two most rent-burdened MSAs in the country, followed by Los Angeles, New York and Orlando.

“Rental affordability is a significant challenge for metropolitan areas across the United States,” said Steve Guggenmos, vice president of Freddie Mac Multifamily Research and Modeling. “The vast majority of the units Freddie Mac finances are affordable. Even so, our research shows that supply just hasn’t kept pace with demand in many metros, and that’s pushing affordable rents out of reach for millions of American families.”

High-cost cities like San Francisco and Washington, D.C. do not top the list. While rents in these areas are relatively high, incomes are also high. Lower income households in these highest cost markets are amongst the most burdened by the lack of affordable housing, though it is not reflected in the measures reviewed.

“What tends to be lost in the analysis is the impact of high rents on tenants who earn well below the median renter income. Firefighters, police officers, teachers and other members of a city’s vital workforce earn only modestly more than their suburban or rural counterparts. As a result, they often struggle to afford housing in the communities in which they serve,” said Guggenmos.

The complete report, entitled Rental Burden by Metro, is available here. pdf

Top 20 Most Rent-Burdened Metros, According to Freddie Mac Analysis:

  1. Miami
  2. San Diego
  3. Los Angeles
  4. New York
  5. Orlando
  6. New Orleans
  7. Tampa
  8. San Jose
  9. Riverside
  10. Virginia Beach
  11. Denver
  12. Las Vegas
  13. San Francisco
  14. Philadelphia
  15. Portland (OR)
  16. Chicago
  17. Atlanta
  18. Sacramento
  19. Austin
  20. Richmond

Freddie Mac Multifamily is the nation’s multifamily housing finance leader. Historically, more than 90 percent of the eligible rental units we fund are affordable to families with low-to-moderate incomes earning less than 120 percent of area median income.


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